Local Politics Guru Azi Paybarah Returns to The Observer

azi 10 Local Politics Guru Azi Paybarah Returns to The ObserverAzi Paybarah will rejoin the staff of The New York Observer, editor-in-chief Elizabeth Spiers announced today.

“Azi Paybarah is a prolific political reporter and I look forward to the dynamism and energy he’ll bring to the Observer newsroom,” she said.

A seasoned local political reporter, Mr. Paybarah left the Observer in May to write The Empire blog for NPR-affiliate WNYC. Prior to the Observer, he was a political reporter at New York Press and The New York Sun. He was recently named one of NBC New York’s ‘The 20′–the twenty most influential local Twitter users.

“Azi is a well respected journalist with the unique ability to excel across a multitude of mediums. We are excited to have him back,” said Observer publisher Jared Kushner.

It’s a happy homecoming for Mr. Paybarah, too.

“I’m honored to be re-joining The New York Observer as they further inject their fast-paced, intelligent and irreverent voice into the most important conversations. The chance to work with editor Elizabeth Spiers was a key part of my decision. What she promises to do to this news organization is nothing short of remarkable,” Mr. Paybarah said.